Scientific Name
Choeronycteris mexicana
Global Conservation Status (IUCN)
Near Threatened

Data Sheet

Pronunciation: care-o-nick-ter-is mex-a-can-a   

Mexican long-tongued bats feed on nectar and pollen from agaves and other plants. Their bat tongues can extend up to a third of their body length, a feature which makes them uniquely equipped to reach nectar deep inside agave or cactus blossoms. In southern Arizona, Mexican long-tongued bats often get nectar from neighborhood hummingbird feeders as well. In the United States this species is found in the southern parts of California, New Mexico, and Arizona. Their range extends from Mexico through Central America and down to Venezuela. The young are born well-furred for additional warmth in the cool mountain canyons where this species roosts.